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Title: Walt Whitman to Edward Carpenter, 27 November [1877]

Date: November 27, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00743

Source: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:103. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Elizabeth Lorang, Anthony Dreesen, and Kevin McMullen

Camden New Jersey1
U S America
Nov 27

Your card of Nov 13 rec'd—have to-day mailed Mr Vines'2 books—Your card of a week or ten days previous rec'd—Many & sincere thanks—

I still keep pretty well, & every thing goes on with me much as usual—Geo: Stafford has been very ill with hemorrhages from the stomach (hematemesis) but is over it, & out, though feeble3—the rest well—the Gilchrists are all well—Mrs G is here with us in Camden today to dinner4—We often speak of you—



1. This letter bears the address: Edward Carpenter | Cobden Road | Chesterfield | Derbyshire | England. It is postmarked: Camden | Nov | 27 | N.J.;(?) | De 10 | 77. [back]

2. On this date Whitman sent the 1876 edition to Sidney H. Vines, a lecturer at Christ's College, Cambridge (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]

3. See Whitman's November 11, 1877 letter to Anne Gilchrist. [back]

4. Whitman also mentioned this visit in his Commonplace Book. [back]


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